OPENING REMARKS BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI
MOHAMMED, AT THE 6TH EDITION OF THE ”PMB ADMINISTRATION SCORECARD
SERIES (2015-2023)” IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 1 DEC. 2022.
- Good morning and welcome, once again, to the ‘PMB Administration
Scorecard Series (2015-2023)’. This is the sixth edition of the series
that we launched in October to showcase the numerous achievements of
the Buhari Administration. On Monday, we hosted the Honourable
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Before him, we hosted
the Honourable Ministers of Works and Housing; Transportation,
Aviation as well as Interior.
- Looking ahead, we will have presentations from the Ministers of
Water Resources on Dec. 5th; Mines and Steel Development on Dec. 8th;
Power on Dec. 13th; Police Affairs on Dec. 15th; Women Affairs on Dec.
19th; Youth and Sports Development on Dec. 20th and Education on Dec.
- Today, however, we are hosting the Honourable Minister of Finance,
Budget and National Planning. This promises to be another interesting
session, especially because the Ministry we are hosting today channels
the funds for the implementation of the various programmes and
projects that we have been showcasing.
- Honourable Minister, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I make
bold to say that no Administration, since the beginning of the current
political dispensation in 1999, has done more than the Buhari
Administration in supporting states with all sorts of financial
interventions. When the Administration assumed office in 2015, at
least 27 states could not pay salaries. Imagine what would have
happened if Mr. President had not offered a helping hand, without
discrimination, to the states? But for Mr. President, most of the
states would have been plunged into serious socio-economic crisis,
with dire consequences for the country.
- Please note that the support to the states came at a time when
national resources had dwindled drastically, and also at a time of
competing needs in many areas, including infrastructure, security,
global pandemic, etc. You will better understand the enormity and
importance of the support offered to the states by the Buhari
Administration, after today’s presentation.
- It is therefore my pleasure to invite the Honourable Minister of
Finance, Budget and National Planning to make her presentation. After
that, we will take questions from the gentlemen of the press.
Honourable Minister Please!